[IR] Introduce llvm.experimental.vector.splice intrinsic

Authored by c-rhodes on Jan 8 2021, 6:06 AM.


[IR] Introduce llvm.experimental.vector.splice intrinsic

This patch introduces a new intrinsic @llvm.experimental.vector.splice
that constructs a vector of the same type as the two input vectors,
based on a immediate where the sign of the immediate distinguishes two
variants. A positive immediate specifies an index into the first vector
and a negative immediate specifies the number of trailing elements to
extract from the first vector.

For example:

@llvm.experimental.vector.splice(<A,B,C,D>, <E,F,G,H>, 1) ==> <B, C, D, E>  ; index
@llvm.experimental.vector.splice(<A,B,C,D>, <E,F,G,H>, -3) ==> <B, C, D, E> ; trailing element count

These intrinsics support both fixed and scalable vectors, where the
former is lowered to a shufflevector to maintain existing behaviour,
although while marked as experimental the recommended way to express
this operation for fixed-width vectors is to use shufflevector. For
scalable vectors where it is not possible to express a shufflevector
mask for this operation, a new ISD node has been implemented.

This is one of the named shufflevector intrinsics proposed on the
mailing-list in the RFC at [1].

Patch by Paul Walker and Cullen Rhodes.

[1] https://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2020-November/146864.html

Reviewed By: sdesmalen

Differential Revision: https://reviews.llvm.org/D94708